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    help!! hammer coral and yellow tang sudden death!!

    this morning I woke up to a retracted dying hammer coral ,later this morning my yellow tang who was fine this morning just became paralised and is lying on the bottom twiching,,,well he was twitching,,,looks dead now,,,,but not stiff and eyes still clear. the water has a slight haze to it also. this happened last week as well when the pump for my ats stopped working for several days. the screen was cleaned to "new" on sunday and everything WAS looking great,now this morining back to square one my ATS is growing,,not much,,but growing.....please help!!!

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    Re: help!! hammer coral and yellow tang sudden death!!

    Sounds as if you had an ammonia spike. Your Scrubber will clear up the nutrient levels soon. Just check the water conditions often, once you are clear of ammonia and nitrite you are safe to add live stock again. Its just a waiting game now. Once the levels are clear get live stock in it soon so you are producing nutrients again for the screen to grow. I am sorry for your loss.
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    Re: help!! hammer coral and yellow tang sudden death!!

    my tank is fully stocked and about 6 years old. My soft corals and other inverts all look ok for now,this seams to only affect sps lps and fish..(first)...?

    damsels ok
    clowns sluggish
    shrimp fine

    yellow tang is dead

    hammer coral getting worse by the second

    snails sluggish and falling to bottom and staying closed

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    Re: help!! hammer coral and yellow tang sudden death!!

    Check your nutrients!!!! You may need an emergency water change if the ammonia or nitrite is high. Check your nutrients fast!!!! And water change as needed.
    150G. Reef/Mix
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    10G. SW Hospital/new fish quarantine/pod breeder tank
    6 stage RO/DI system 200 GPD.

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    Re: help!! hammer coral and yellow tang sudden death!!

    Think I found the cause,,,,deep remote sand bed,,,smelled like rotten eggs NOTHING BUT ATS FROM NOW ON!!!!

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    Re: help!! hammer coral and yellow tang sudden death!!

    I am glad I discovered the ATS way. Its made this SW side of my hobby so wonderful!!! Good to hear you figured it out.
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    10G. SW Hospital/new fish quarantine/pod breeder tank
    6 stage RO/DI system 200 GPD.

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    Re: help!! hammer coral and yellow tang sudden death!!

    Yea I used the ATS solely for 2 years,and everything was great, then 2 months ago I had the bright idea of adding a remote deep sand bed. No more tinkering for this kid

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    Re: help!! hammer coral and yellow tang sudden death!!

    Something stirred us the sand and released the hydrogen sulfide gas that builds up in DSB's. That's why I don't want a DSB either. SSB maybe.

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    Re: help!! hammer coral and yellow tang sudden death!!

    My salt tanks have a 1 to 2 inch substrate, This is not to deep is it? Never had any issues yet?
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    40G. Fish/Reef. Algae Scrubbers on ALL my SW
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    10G. SW Hospital/new fish quarantine/pod breeder tank
    6 stage RO/DI system 200 GPD.

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    Re: help!! hammer coral and yellow tang sudden death!!

    No I do not think that would be considered deep, probably twice that I would imagine. Depends on the grain size of your bed as well, the finer it is the less 'deep' it has to be.
    Wonder why new2scrub decided to do that. A scrubber will provide all the pods you need and nutrient reduction too.

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